Chicken Laksa

This is a personal favourite of mine that I used to make with my mum all the time when I still lived at home. But since I moved out I’d completely forgotten about it – it’s so easy to just have a general list of recipes that you just go over and over without having to think about it after work, that you can forget about some corkers!

So I’m taking time this Saturday evening to sit down, have a glass of wine and rediscover an old classic!

If you want to do this with prawns, or even vegan, replace/ remove the chicken and add good quality king prawns or more sweet potato and the chicken stock with fish/vegetable stock!

Chicken Laksa

Creamy, coconutty chicken curry packed with veg!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Servings 2 people

Ingredients
  

  • 1 large onion
  • 1 thumb sized piece of fresh ginger
  • 1 red chilli
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1 sweet potato
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 6 skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 100 ml chicken stock
  • 100g green veg (I used kale and tenderstem broccoli)
  • 1×400 ml tin tin coconut milk
  • 150g sugar snap/ mange tout peas
  • 1 tbsp tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Handful of coriander, chopped (to serve)
  • Handful of lightly toasted cashews

Instructions
 

  • Blitz the onion, ginger, chilli, 3 garlic cloves and coriander seeds in a food processor.
  • Whilst blitzing, chop the sweet potato into cubes and roast in the oven on 200C for 15 minutes.
  • Once you have your onion/ginger/chilli/garlic paste, heat some oil (olive or coconut) in a pan, and add the it in with the lemongrass and turmeric (you can bash the lemongrass a bit before adding for more flavour, but not a necessity). Soften over a low heat for 3 minutes.
  • Add in the chicken thighs and coat in the spice paste and fry for 5 minutes.
  • Add in the sweet potato and red pepper and soften for 3 mins, and then add in the chicken stock. Bring to a simmer on a low heat and cook for 15 minutes (or until the chicken is cooked).
  • Meanwhile in a separate pan, blanch your tenderstem broccoli for 3 minutes and add in your kale at the end for one and a half to two minutes. Transfer to a frying pan and lightly fry with the remaining garlic clove for flavour.
  • Once the chicken is cooked through, add the coconut milk, sugar snap peas, the lime juice, the soy sauce and half of the coriander and cook for a further 3-4 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your mange tout.
  • Serve with noodles of your choice (I prefer rice noodles with this), with the greens on the side and scatter the remaining coriander and cashews on top!
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Chicken and Roasted red pepper pesto rescue pasta

Chicken and Roasted red pepper pesto rescue pasta

So as I said on my Instagram, this pasta will save your life. It’s saved mine many a time, when I’ve been a bit down in the dumps and feeling generally shite. There is nothing cheesy (fake) carby goodness can’t solve in my honest opinion. It’s simple and easy to make and can be made entirely at home without much faff… just what you need when all you want to do is curl up on the sofa and watch the Great British Bake Off (this isn’t me right now…).  So enjoy the recipe and I hope it gives you as much assistance as its given me!

Chicken and Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Rescue Pasta Sauce

Whether it's work, a break up, terrible Mancunian weather or a terrible case of the sniffles this sauce will save your life.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Servings 2

Ingredients
  

  • 1 shallot
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 3 tbsp roasted red pepper pesto
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp creme fraiche
  • Sizeable chunk of courgette
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • A handful of spinach

Instructions
 

  • Lightly fry the onion and add the chicken (chopped into bitesize chunks). Fry until white on the outside.
  • Add the pesto, tomato purée, water and creme fraiche and heat until the sauce looks thick and creamy. Cook for 5 minutes
  • Add in the veg and cook for a further three minutes (or until the spinach has wilted down).
  • Serve with wholemeal pasta or courgetti, depending on how dire your day is!

Notes

Extra red pepper chunks added to the sauce with the other veg is also a winner!
Also, topping with cheese and baking in the oven for half an hour does this saucy number absolutely no harm!
 In the photo I served mine with courgetti, but only because we had no pasta in the house, which was pretty devastating. Obviously you don’t have to be in a crisis to try this bad boy, but when you’re needing a bit of tlc and have nobody at your disposal, this bad boy will help a sister out!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to let me know how it goes!

Millie xx

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